Tehran, Iran (AP)-Iran announced on Saturday that its death toll from the coronavirus has exceeded the milestone of 30,000, which is the worst outbreak in the Middle East.
The Ministry of Health spokesperson Sima Sadat Lari announced that Iran will estimate the total number of deaths after the outbreak to 30,123 deaths, an increase of 253 deaths in official statistics.
Larry added that there are 4,721 virus patients in critical condition.
Iran has been dealing with the coronavirus since the first case was announced in February. So far, there have been more than 526,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus.
In recent weeks, Iran’s daily death toll has soared to the highest level ever. Even if government officials continue to resist, it has also aroused more and more concerns. Due to fears that the US economy will be severely hit, the entire lockdown has been hit. .
On Wednesday, Iranian officials announced a ban on travel to and from five major cities, including the capital of Tehran and the holy city of Mashhad, which they said was to curb the spread of the virus.
The coronavirus has also spread to some of the highest levels of the Iranian government, including many older men. The head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization is the recently infected person, while the Iranian Vice President, who is in charge of the budget and plans, tested positive on Sunday.
After downplaying the outbreak in the first few weeks, Iranian officials have recently begun to admit that
Deputy Health Minister Iraj Harirchi played down the threat and refuted reports of mass deaths. He tested positive for the virus in December, and he told CCTV on Wednesday that the true number of deaths in the country was about twice the reported number.
According to officials, there are also a large number of patients in the hospital who are considered COVID-19 cases, but they have not been checked and their test results are false negative or symptoms are different from those listed in the World Report. Health Organization, so they are not official cases Within a few.
Like many other countries, the outbreak in Iran reflects the government's resistance to the virus. This week, as the number of deaths recorded daily broke the record three times in a row, the authorities announced stricter restrictions on Tehran, the most severely affected capital.
Universities and schools that recently reopened as well as libraries, mosques, cinemas, museums and beauty salons have been closed. In the past week, the government required all Tehran residents to wear masks outdoors and in public places, warning that offenders would be fined. Officials promised that those who tested positive would be closely followed.
This spring's exercise restrictions have somewhat curbed the spread of disease. The government then quickly reopened the country and tried to promote its hard-hit economy. Since June, the number of cases has steadily increased-reaching new heights in recent weeks.
Long before the virus broke out, after the Trump administration unilaterally withdrew from Tehran's nuclear agreement with world powers in 2018, Iran's economy was hit by US sanctions. As the death toll soared this week, the country’s currency fell to its lowest level ever after the US government decided last week to blacklist Iranian banks that have not accepted most of the US sanctions again.
As Iran approaches winter
Iran’s Red Crescent Society said in a tweet on Tuesday that seasonal flu may be an additional and serious problem for the country, as it has already dealt with Iranian banks in the United States. The flu vaccine was purchased at the same time as the new sanctions were imposed.
Two million doses of flu vaccine were imported into the country, but the new US sanctions prevented the vaccine from being imported.
At the same time, on Saturday, the United Arab Emirates announced the highest number of new coronavirus cases in a single day during the peak of the Gulf region, where Abu Dhabi and Dubai live.
The Ministry of Health of the country stated that the test found 1,538 new viruses, increasing the total number of cases to 114,387.
Four other people from the Ministry of Health died from the virus, increasing the overall death toll to 459. The overall recovery rate was 106,354.
The recorded infections have soared again in recent weeks as the authorities eased restrictions and resumed in-person schools. Dubai has reopened its airport for international travelers and has actively launched promotional activities during the pandemic to promote itself as a tourist destination.
The UAE is undergoing aggressive testing activities, with more than 11 million tests conducted on millions of people in a country with more than 9 countries.
Associated Press writer Jon Gambrell, based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, contributed to this report.